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300 visitors stranded in Da Nang return to Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:58 GMT+7
300 visitors stranded in Da Nang return to Ho Chi Minh City
Passengers in coveralls wave at reporters after arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City from Da Nang, August 13, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

More than 300 visitors who had been stranded in Da Nang for nearly 20 days were brought to Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday afternoon.

The group boarded flight VN7121, operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines, and landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in the southern metropolis.

They were then brought to a quarantine facility in outlying Can Gio District for a mandatory14-day quarantine period immediately upon their arrival.

A woman carries her young daughter after their flight from Da Nang landed in Ho Chi Minh City, August 13, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman carries her young daughter after their flight from Da Nang landed in Ho Chi Minh City, August 13, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

All passengers and crew members aboard the flight were required to wear personal protective equipment and strictly comply with COVID-19 prevention measures.

They were also required to fill out health declaration forms and allow their body temperatures to be monitored.

The aircraft was thoroughly disinfected following the operation.

Passengers returning from Da Nang perform procedures at Tan Son Nhat International Airport before heading to a quarantine facility in Ho Chi Minh City, August 13, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Passengers returning from Da Nang perform procedures at Tan Son Nhat International Airport before heading to a quarantine facility in Ho Chi Minh City, August 13, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

On the same day, two flights operated by budget carrier Vietjet Air transported over 460 stranded tourists from Da Nang to Hanoi.

Two Vietnam Airlines flights previously brought approximately 400 visitors from Da Nang to the capital on Wednesday.

Vietjet Air is scheduled to operate two more flights carrying a total of approximately 340 tourists stranded in Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.

All flights are required to implement safety procedures to prevent the spread of the virus and all passengers will be quarantined in centralized facilities immediately upon landing at their destination. 

Passengers returning from Da Nang perform procedures at Tan Son Nhat International Airport before heading to a quarantine facility in Ho Chi Minh City, August 13, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Passengers returning from Da Nang perform procedures at Tan Son Nhat International Airport before heading to a quarantine facility in Ho Chi Minh City, August 13, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

As of Friday morning, Vietnam had reported a total of 911 COVID-19 cases, including 327 imported patients who were quarantined upon arrival since the pandemic first hit the Southeast Asian country in January.

A total of 444 local infections have been documented in Vietnam since Da Nang recorded the country’s first community transmission after 99 days on July 25.

Enhanced social distancing guidelines were implemented in Da Nang City from July 28 until August 11 to curb the spread of the virus. The period was extended on Wednesday due to continued community transmission.

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